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Outsider Designations and Boundary Construction in the New Testament

Early Christian Communities and the Formation of Group Identity

Outsider Designations and Boundary Construction in the New Testament

Early Christian Communities and the Formation of Group Identity

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£22.99

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108408141
Number of Pages: 370
Published: 11/11/2021
Width: 15.2 cm
Height: 22.9 cm
What terms did early Christians use for outsiders? How did they refer to non-members? In this book-length investigation of these questions, Paul Trebilco explores the outsider designations that the early Christians used in the New Testament. He examines a range of terms, including unbelievers, 'outsiders', sinners, Gentiles, Jews, among others. Drawing on insights from social identity theory, sociolinguistics, and the sociology of deviance, he investigates the usage and development of these terms across the New Testament, and also examines how these outsider designations function in boundary construction across several texts. Trebilco's analysis leads to new conclusions about the identity and character of the early Christian movement, the range of relations between early Christians and outsiders, and the theology of particular New Testament authors.

Paul Raymond Trebilco (University of Otago, New Zealand)

Paul Trebilco is Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Otago. He is the author of five books on topics in New Testament and Early Christian studies, most recently Self-Designations and Group Identity in the New Testament (Cambridge, 2014).

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